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Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures

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  America is an amazing land. You could be shivering inside your heated bedroom, but across the land your niece could be looking to install a second air conditioner in hers. The neighbors you left behind in wintry Chicago could be busily shoveling snow, but you might be the lucky one to be surfing in […]

Tips For Using Hiking Equipment

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By Barry Elliot

The very human trait of wanting to go up and explore, to push the human limits of endurance has led to some fantastic discoveries in the past.

However hiking can be a dangerous sport, and whether one is a professional mountaineer or just a backpacker, one needs special hiking equipment and gear to be able to indulge in this activity. Hiking Equipment and gear consist of special clothing and boots, accessories including walking sticks or hiking poles, several types of packs, and water bottle, first aid kit, and emergency rations. That apart, one could carry whatever one deems necessary- items like hammocks, note-pads, and perhaps a mobile phone.

Hiking Clothing – The Three Layer System For Cold Weather

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By Jonsky Sicuna

Beginner hikers sometimes overlook two simple facts about hiking clothing for warmth. First is that hiking clothing is not primarily designed to keep the cold out but to keep the heat in from the only source of heat i.e. yourself.

Second is that when you are wearing hiking clothing for warmth, you are not trying to be as warm as possible but to reach a thermal equilibrium i.e. a state in which your heat production roughly balances your heat loss so that you remain within your comfort zone whether you are on the move, on the move and sweating, sitting still and sitting still and sweating.

Your Essential Packing List for an Adventure Trip

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By Paramita Chowdhury

Adventure tours are different from the family trips. Before going for a trip, you need to plan and prepare. You should carry some essential belongings with you for safety. Trekking, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking and rafting are part of a lifetime memorable trip. If you have to climb the mountains or go for elephant riding and rafting, you need clothes and things. Let us see some of the important items you should take while you are going for a trip.

Alaskan Hiking

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Alaskan hiking companies can be found in Family Adventure Magazine at: HREF=”http://www.famtrav.com/”> http://famtrav.com/data/results-specAct.html?cart=1084792601338740&date=05/17/2004&ipaddress=024.161.098.055&specactivity=hiking&startat=1 Alaskan hiking vacations and all they have to offer can be found at Family Adventure Magazine.Alaska has been called America’s last frontier. Alaska is the United States’ largest state and is over twice the size of Texas. Measuring from north to south […]

Safe Hiking Practices

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By Michael Russell

Summertime is the time when folks want to take to the wilderness. If you are planning a hiking trip into the mountainous areas there are special considerations. One of these is making sure that you are physically fit enough to undertake this sort of trip.

Occasionally travelers who are not accustomed to higher altitudes can experience Altitude Sickness. Another term for this is Mountain Sickness or hypoxia. When you travel in the mountains, you need to be aware that your body needs to work harder to maintain the normal ratios of oxygen in the bloodstream because the air pressure is 30% lower at the higher altitude due to the fact that the atmosphere is less dense.

American Exceptionalism – The Appalachian Trail

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By Scott Amundson

The Appalachian Trail makes up one third of the Triple Crown of United States long distance hiking and runs about 2,178 miles. Home to over 2,000 rare species of plants and animals, it starts at Springer Mountain in the state of Georgia and runs all the way to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Animals that are commonly seen along the trail include moose, elk, timber rattlesnakes, and copperheads. Although some sections cross through towns and over rivers and roads, the majority of the trail travels through wilderness.

Mountain Hiking – What You Need to Know About Hiking in the Mountains

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By Jonsky Sicuna

Mountain hiking is, for most hikers, an exciting prospect because of its challenging terrain and beautiful views. You get a huge sense of satisfaction after a successful mountain hike.

The Mountain Environment

The climatic zones in mountains present a huge challenge to hikers. At high altitudes, the temperature falls and precipitation is likely. Not all mountain ranges are the same. Some are predictably sunny in certain months of the year and some are rainy. Some mountain ranges have thunderstorms and some have unpredictable weather.

3 Fun and Easy Hikes Near Calgary, Alberta

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By Jonathan Meier

In a previous post I covered the best hiking areas near Calgary. But, as I alluded to in that post, there is some even better hiking to be found a short drive to the west in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve put together this short list of relatively easy hikes that culminate in some great payoffs in terms of views, access, and relative awesomeness.

Mt. Yamnuska: This mountain is the place where modern sport climbing was born. The south facing aspect is a massive cliff that has given birth to generations of some of the best climbers the world has ever seen. The peak gives those who attain it an unforgettable view of the Albertan Prairieland and the foothills and ramparts of the Rocky Mountains.

Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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By Michael Johnson

Mount Rainier National Park is the most popular park in the state. It has fantastic areas to explore. The Mountain is a popular challenge for people wishing to scale the peak. The park also has 240 miles of trails and is a super place to visit. Established in 1899. 235,625 acres (97% is designated Wilderness). Includes Mount Rainier (14,410′), an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice.